Radiative Nonideal MHD Simulations of the Inner Protoplanetary Disks


Understanding the thermal structure of protoplanetary disks (PPDs) is crucial for elucidating the formation of rocky planets and how the water abundance of planets is determined. We present 2D global radiative magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) simulations of the inner region of PPDs which take into account all three non-ideal MHD effects, irradiation, and Joule heating due to the global magnetic structure. The thermal structure consistent with the disk dynamics is calculated using a simplified radiative transfer method that is computationally efficient. Our simulations show that strong Joule heating primarily takes place at the strong current layer at the disk surface where global magnetic fields bend, which does not significantly heat the disk midplane. As a result, the temperature structure of PPDs, even at a few au, is mainly determined by irradiation heating. We also report episodic and supersonic gas accretion at the disk surface associated with more realistic treatment of disk thermodynamics.

Shoji Mori 森 昇志 (Tohoku Univ.)
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Tuesday, March 21, 2023 - 1:30PM to Tuesday, March 21, 2023 - 2:30PM